Every year in June the Ontario Senior’s Secretariat celebrates and recognizes the important role seniors play in our communities. This year’s theme is, “Seniors Making a Difference”, and in Wawa our seniors certainly exemplify that ideal. In celebration the community has several activities planned to provide entertainment and information to seniors.
To start the month off the Seniors’ at Risk committee is hosting a Power of Attorney Presentation at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre on Thursday, June 2nd from 1 p.m. to 3:30. This is will be presented by Mike Allemano and Liz Talien-Clarke. This would be of interest to anyone who holds or grants a Power of Attorney and family and friends of people who require a Power of Attorney.
The Royal Canadian Legion will host a T.G.I.F. dinner on Friday June 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Baked ham, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, salad and dessert are on the menu. The cost is $15 for adults and $9 for those under 12 years of age. Get out and see all your friends for a fun time.
On Thursday, June 16th the Lady Dunn Health Center, the Senior’s Solution Council and the Canadian Red Cross will host their Annual Garden Party on the grounds of the Lady Dunn Long Term Care area. Weather permitting, we will have tents to shade our guests and entertainment, or bring it all indoors. The Red Hat ladies who make an appearance every year will be joining us with their antics and good cheer. Even the seniors in the Long Term Care wing get in on the fun, welcoming guests to their “home”. We are hoping for sun and gentle breezes, but we know what summer in Wawa can be like and will be prepared for anything. So, rain or shine the show will go on! Refreshments, musical entertainment, and fun will start at 1:30 p.m. and run till 3:00 p.m.
On Wednesday June 22nd, a Senior’s Expo will be held at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for everyone who is a senior or knows a senior to be informed of the services available in North Algoma. There will be prizes and giveaways as well the township bus will be available for free transportation to and from this event.
Every year the Senior’s Solution Council comes up with ideas to celebrate Senior’s Month, as well as addressing senior’s issues in our community for the rest of the year. It is a committee that was set up by the Township to address issues and concerns that affect seniors in our community. It has representation from people and organizations that either are seniors or work with seniors. Lady Dunn Health Center, the Canadian Red Cross, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Wawa Goose Club all have a representative on the committee.
If you have any concerns regarding seniors issues you wish to bring to our attention, or if you wish to be part of the committee, please feel free to call any of these organizations for contact information.